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Save the Earth, eat less meat

Drastic changes are occurring in our diet as more persons are opting for a vegan lifestyle, i.e., plant-based diet (without meat), vegetarian (no meat consumption, but dairy products and eggs), pescatarian (no meat but fish). Dietary contrasts are... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Vaz bats for education

Concerned about what she describes as the high level of illiteracy among some students in East Portland, Member of Parliament (MP) Ann-Marie Vaz is urging educators to focus on the development of early-childhood education to guarantee a solid... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Association welcomes decision to include tourism workers in pension scheme

The Pension Industry Association of Jamaica (PIAJ) is calling for working Jamaicans to make financial planning for retirement one of their top priorities. This call by the PIAJ comes in the wake of the passage of the Tourism Workers Pension Act... (Jamaica Gleaner)

State of emergency hurting Clarendon businesses – Barnswell

MAY PEN, Clarendon: The State of emergency now in operation in Clarendon took centre stage at Thursday’s monthly sitting of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation. Scean Barnswell, councillor for the Hayes division, said while he welcomed the... (Jamaica Gleaner)

St Mary observes Caribbean Wellness Day

Under the theme ‘Healthy Ageing Begins Now,’ the St Mary Health Department celebrated Caribbean Wellness Day 2019 on Wednesday with a ceremony at the Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria. The event, which is being celebrated across the Caribbean... (Jamaica Gleaner)

St Catherine Municipal Corporation gives US$5,000 to The Bahamas

The St Catherine Municipal Corporation at its monthly meeting on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to provide cash assistance of US$5,000 to aid The Bahamas in its recovery effort after being ravaged by Hurricane Dorian earlier this month.... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Fire at hospital in Brazil kills 11 people, many elderly

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire raced through a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, forcing staff to wheel patients into the streets on stretchers or in wheelchairs and killing at least 11 people, many of them elderly. Four firefighters were... (Jamaica Gleaner)

$26 million repair for Riley to Harvey River road in Hanover

Approximately $26 million has been allocated to the repair of the Riley to Harvey River roadway in Western Hanover.   The project is being implemented by the National Works Agency (NWA), under the agency’s Maintenance of Secondary... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Dimitris Kosvogiannis freed by Corporate Area court

Former hotel manager and businessman Dimitris Kosvogiannis was today freed in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court of a charge of breaching the Revenue Administration Act.  He was accused of neglecting to furnish information connected to... (Jamaica Gleaner)

NWC to source water from Rio Cobre, rehabilitated wells for KMA

President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett, says the Commission will be sourcing water from the Rio Cobre and rehabilitated wells to address the water issue faced by residents of the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA). “We... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Two men arrested in St Ann following ammunition seizure

Detectives attached to the Area 2 Fugitive Apprehension Team seized twenty 9mm cartridges in York Castle, Claremont, St Ann on Thursday. The police report that between 3:30 a.m., and 6:30 a.m., a team was on operation in the area when a premises... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Energy Ministry reportedly to take over PCJ operations, opposition wants explanation

The government has reportedly decided to close the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and transfer its functions to the Ministry of Mining, Energy and Technology. According to opposition spokesperson on energy Phillip Paulwell, the decision was... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Fritz Pinnock extends leave until corruption probe complete

President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Dr Fritz Pinnock, has had his voluntary leave of absence extended until the investigations into the affairs of the Kingston-based institution have been completed. Pinnock, who was scheduled to... (Jamaica Gleaner)

48 Jamaicans seeking relatives in The Bahamas contact Foreign Ministry

A total of 48 Jamaicans have reached out to the Foreign Ministry for assistance in making contact with relatives in The Bahamas.   (Jamaica Gleaner)

Police inspector, constables arrested for corruption

The police’s Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau is reporting that it arrested three members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force between Monday and Thursday over alleged breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act. In the... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Police probing murder in Seaforth, St Thomas

The police in St Thomas are probing the shooting death of a man in Seaforth on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Richard Whyte, otherwise called Mario, of a Main Road, Lower York address in Seaforth. It is reported that... (Jamaica Gleaner)

240,000 traffic tickets cleared from backlog

The Ministry of National Security is reporting that some 240,000 traffic tickets have been cleared following major software modifications to the island’s Traffic Ticket Management System. The Ministry explains that the system is a centralised... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Slight increase in water levels at Mona Reservoir, Hermitage Dam

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reported that there has been a slight increase in the water levels at the Mona Reservoir and the Hermitage Dam due to the recent rains across the island. “We have seen some changes in our storage level... (Jamaica Gleaner)

52 high schools participating in twinning programme

Some 52 high schools are now participating in the Ministry of Education’s Twinning of Schools initiative. The programme aims to expose students to academic and extracurricular programmes that are not currently available at their own schools.... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Feuding Trelawny custos, mayor call truce

Western Bureau: Months of feuding between Trelawny Custos Paul Muschett and Falmouth Mayor Collen Gager was halted yesterday as acting on the instructions of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie got both... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Tears of joy - Dad cries as 11-y-o who was shot in the head comes out of coma

Delly has very little to smile about for the past week. His daughter is supposed to be in class at a high school in Kingston, but instead, the 11-year-old is currently fighting for her life at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The young... (Jamaica Star)

University student murdered in Rockfort

Dayne Scott was set to graduate from the university this November. The 36-year-old was shot and killed on his way home in Rockfort, east Kingston on Sunday. Residents told THE WEEKEND STAR that his death has further shaken the war-torn... (Jamaica Star)

Weekend Escape: Riding the Waves in a tranquil atmosphere

If you’re in the Corporate Area and desire to be on the beach but do not have a ride or the gas money to travel too far, then Waves Beach in Hellshire, Portmore, St Catherine, is the perfect spot. Though it’s close to the bustling municipality,... (Jamaica Star)

Duppy transforms into bird

‘Blacks’ was never one to believe in duppy stories, even though, growing up, he always heard about rolling calves and fallen angels. Three months ago, however, he experienced something that changed his perspective and his beliefs. “Mi deh a mi... (Jamaica Star)

Friday the 13th is a blessing for me - Mom recalls giving birth on ‘bad luck’ day

Many people believe that Friday the 13th brings bad luck, and Sevina was one of them. "Growing up, I was hearing that Friday the 13th was a bad luck day and lot of bad things happen on that day, like more accidents, more deaths, more fights,... (Jamaica Star)

Father of teen beaten by taxi driver wants justice

When Clinton Smith saw the video of his 15-year-old son, Ricardo, being beaten by a taxi man, he was furious. His anger escalated when he saw the bruises on his son's face and arm. "What I heard happened was that this guy comes at a speed to the... (Jamaica Star)

Man who drank chemical dies in hospital

The St James man who reportedly drank gramoxone after his relative confessed to killing his (the relative's) babymother, died in hospital on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as 44-year-old Basil 'Pancho' Fisher of Roehampton in the... (Jamaica Star)

Women can foot the bill too - Men want equality when out on dates

In recent times, women have been demanding equality, whether in the workplace or society at large. However, some men believe that women forget about equality when it's time to pay the bill on a date. Shemar Shand told THE WEEKEND STAR that it... (Jamaica Star)

Rum, condoms stolen from Mobay shop

A St James man who allegedly broke into a wholesale and stole several items, to include numerous cases of alcohol and a case of condoms, was remanded in custody when he appeared before the St James Parish Court on Wednesday, September 11.Dale... (Jamaica Star)

Artiste launches freaky business

‘Jamaicans are freaky!’ This was one of the main factors taken into consideration when Darien Brown and Shana Hunter decided to officially launch their adult website called FreakyJaOnline, three months ago. Hunter, an up-and-coming artiste who... (Jamaica Star)

Nicola Byron paints away - Putting her heart into what she loves

For more than a decade, Nicola Byron has been following her heart by being an artist. It's a job that demands focus and attention to every detail, but Byron says she has what it takes. "It's hard work, it's very tedious and you have to have a lot... (Jamaica Star)